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Economic Policy

“Things Aren’t as Bad as They Seem”

November 9, 2011

Sharon Kahn

The International Monetary Fund says the world economy isn't in dire shape — for now. But we risk implosion if we don't act.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, News Makers, Economic Policy, Asia, Europe, Global Investing | Read Article

Free Trade Isn't Free

October 24, 2011

Rebecca McReynolds

The trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia that were signed into law on October 21 are being touted by proponents as a way to spur US job growth. But are they really?

Topics: Economic Policy, Asia, Latin America | Read Article

To Cure the Economy

October 21, 2011

Joseph E. Stiglitz

As the economic slump that began in 2007 persists, the question on everyone’s minds is obvious: Why? Unless we have a better understanding of the causes of the crisis, we can’t implement an effective recovery strategy. And, so far, we have neither, says Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Topics: Economic Policy, Global Investing | Read Article

Solving Poverty: It’s in the Data

October 5, 2011

Sharon kahn

The debate is at the very crux of economic policies on poverty: Should philanthropies, aid organizations, and governments provide funds to push those in extreme poverty out of the poverty trap?

Topics: Economic Policy, Africa | Read Article

America's Abdication of Free Trade

October 5, 2011

Jagdish Bhagwati

The indifference and apathy that one finds in Washington from both the Congress and President Barack Obama on the Doha Round of world trade talks, and the alarm and concern expressed by statesmen elsewhere over the languishing negotiations, mark the end of the post-1945 era of American leadership on multilateral free trade.

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Western Capitalism’s Ideological Crisis

July 19, 2011

Joseph E. Stiglitz

The financial crisis should have taught Americans a lesson about the need for stronger regulation. But a resurgence of right-wing ideology in the United States is threatening global economies.

Topics: United States, Economic Policy, Europe | Read Article

China: Too Hot to Handle?

June 27, 2011

Jackson Hewett

The Chinese government needs to act quickly to reduce economic stimulus and allow its currency to appreciate if it is to control inflation, says Vivek Arora of the International Monetary Fund.

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Why Free Trade Matters

June 29, 2011

Jagdish Bhagwati

Protectionist trade policies don't help developing countries, argues Jagdish Bagwati. In fact, he says, free trade promotes prosperity, making it a moral imperative.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, China, India | Read Article

Is China Running Out of Surplus Labor?

May 31, 2011

Rebecca McReynolds

Economists have been warning of a looming labor shortage in China, raising concerns that wages will rise and China's growth will slow. That could stall economic recovery around the world. Xin Meng, a recent visiting scholar at The Chazen Institute, weighs in.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, China | Read Article

Weather Report

May 31, 2011

Betsy Wiesendanger

The recent earthquake in Japan and the tornado in Alabama highlighted the often devastating toll of natural disasters. Researcher Solomon Hsiang reveals one cost that often goes uncounted.

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